Students at Purdue University accused comedian Andy Gross of making inappropriate jokes, comments and contact during a campus performance. Julia scoured Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Reddit for footage of the show, and created a string of multimedia social posts explaining the controversy.
Julia brings national and international headlines home by putting stories into local context. One year after the Parkland massacre, Julia aired a piece honoring the life of a shooting victim who planned to attend the University of Indianapolis. She edited the videos below — featuring the student athlete's father and the UIndy coach he never got to train with — to help keep Nicholas Dworet's story alive on social platforms.
A WISH-TV camera was rolling when authorities received welcome news during the search for a missing baby. Julia recognized the magic of the moment. She clipped the video and added captioning to spotlight the deputy chief's emotional reaction. This post generated record engagement on her Facebook — and more story views than breaking news updates about the case.
Julia reported on a veteran's struggle to access covered care and crafted social content succinctly laying out the barriers he faced. VA representatives acknowledged her multi-platform coverage and took action the following day.
Julia broke this story about a salmonella outbreak linked to a popular Odessa restaurant after receiving a tip from a patron. Within two hours of speaking to the anonymous source, Julia managed to:
confirm the outbreak with her health department contacts
track down and interview two infected patrons
question the restaurant owner about health and safety policies
request and review health inspection records for the business.
The first edition of Julia's web story was shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook before other outlets reported the outbreak. She stayed on the story for the next three days, sharing around-the-clock updates on social media. Click the images below to enlarge selected posts.